No one injured in Saturday morning fire at Macomb National Guard Armory

Macomb Fire Department

MACOMB, Ill. — No civilians or firefighters were injured in a fire at the Macomb National Guard Armory on Saturday morning.

The Macomb Fire Department was requested by the Macomb Police Department to respond to the Macomb National Guard Armory, 135 W. Grant, for a burning odor and haze within the building at 11:26 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 25.

The initial crew arrived on scene at 11:30 a.m. and found a locked storage room with smoke coming from around the door. Fire command initiated a request for all off-duty Macomb firefighters. 

Crews forced their way into the storage room and found a smoldering fire from electrical charging equipment and stored batteries. A carbon dioxide extinguisher was used, and the crews began ventilating the structure of the smoke. 

The estimated loss is approximately $150,000. The fire is believed to have started in the storage room and is under investigation by the Macomb Fire Department and the Illinois National Guard. 

Four on-duty Macomb Firefighters initially responded, with four off-duty firefighters staged at the fire station. Macomb-McDonough County Communications Center, Macomb Police Department, Lifeguard Ambulance Service of Illinois and the Illinois National Guard provided assistance. 

The scene was cleared by 2 p.m.

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